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Archive for June, 2014

Greek evening

My lovely parents arrived Sunday evening. It was so so nice to see them here! I’m really happy they are visiting us 🙂

We’ve aleady done some shopping as the summer sales started today! Yay! We’ve visited 3 towns and a castle from the outside. Been eating cheese, drinking wine and simply having lovely evenings since they arrived in great company 🙂

Yesterday we had a Greek evening, food wise. I wanted G’s parents to enjoy what I’m used to and they sure did!
Fasolakia + gemista! + + + + !!

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Today I was the lucky one eating left overs! Hell yeah! 😀

I’m happy we have more than half of the week left!
Bisous bisous!

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Long weekend

Monday here is called Pentecost, όπος λέμε Πεντηκοστή, and so it’s a holiday. So we had many days to spend with friends and family and on top of that the temperature reached 36 degrees!!

Friday we had a family dinner with G’s family, Moules frites

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Saturday we had a BBQ with some friends and played pétanque, or as I know it boule.

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Sunday we went to lake Chalain, 2h drive from our place, together with two of G’s cousins and their families. I had no idea I would take a dip, but as the temperature was reaching the top thirties and it was not the ocean, the water was not too bad! Sorry no, I can’t give you the temperature of the water 😛

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In the evening we stopped by Chalon where there was the International Balloon Festival. We saw around 50 air balloons lift which maybe doesn’t sound too interesting but it is a really nice view. Finished the day with Indian food in Chalon.

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And yesterday, Monday Pentecost, we could barely move as it was so hot.

Also during this weekend A who lived with us moved out, so in the heat we were running up and down stairs and also cleaning up the apartment, you know how you vaccum the same room 3 times but somehow something ends up on the floor anyway? Well now it’s clean and we are looking for a Clic Clac (a convertible couch) for our coming visitors! 😀 You will now have a room to yourselves 😀 Welcome!

Cluny, La Clayette, Dree and Molinet

On Saturday sis’, G and me went for a drive. First stop was to our supermarket, yes we like supermarkets. But our supermarket has a big cave for wines. So we finished the wine shopping 🙂

We then drove to Cluny [klooni] which is a small cute village and had a look in every bakery and pastry shop 😀
The we passed by La Clayette [la klett] where there is a nice what? A castle of course!

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Château de Dree
4km from La Clayette is another castle 🙂 You see how easy this is?
We had a look around the front garden only, there was a massive garden on the other side too but as we arrived in the late afternoon the visiting ours were over. Though we did catch a photo shoot for a wedding. I guess most castles are popular photo spots for weddings.

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Many castle gardens have a pigeonry, a house for pigeons. This one was situated on one side and opposite there was another similar house but it was a prisonery.
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Part of the front garden
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The prisonery and the sisters that never grow old
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Never ever grow old 🙂
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After this visit it was time to go to Molinet where G’s parents live. We had a nice Creole dinner and as usual a lot to eat and drink. Why is it always like that when we visit our parents? 🙂
G’s cousin was there too and the baby girl, 3 years old, kept saying Theo to my sister 🙂 So here we say goodbye to the two Theos.

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Thank you M for some great sunny days! You are welcome any time soon again!! ❤

My sister is visiting!

I was very happy to have a part of my family to come to visit me.

So I’d asked my dear sister before she arrived what she would like to do during her visit. This was her answer:
Shopping, Chateau and Cheese!
Pretty simple to make that happen in this country! 😀
So we went to visit Château de la Rochepot.
This was for me the first castle I visited the interior.

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This is inner garden of the castle.

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Here is the tower we entered and looked at three bedrooms. The small one has the staircase and the big one has the bedrooms.

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We took the staircase all the way up and that was it..nothing there really 😛

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There she is, my beautiful sis’! ❤

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Here is a view of the village Rochepot.

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This is a well which is dug by hand and it is marvelously 72m deep!! It took one year to dig it and they used only hammers and chisels, the year was 1228. Incredible huh?

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And the last picture of this castle comes from the huge kitchen. Even today having a size of a kitchen this big is simply big! Imagine then hundred years ago. On the stove the big copper boiler is actually a laundry boiler. This kitchen was in use until World War II.

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We were definitely pleased with our visit. Now it was time to drive to Chalon for some supermarket shopping wine and cheese 🙂
This day was a holiday so nothing was open but the supermarkets and castles. Meanwhile when we were shopping around in the supermarket G was attending a cycle race. For the first time I was not there and he won the race! Here’s a pic from a journalist 🙂

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We finished up by having dinner in a restaurant in Chalon with a bunch of friends.

Last stops on our road trip

We had one more uncle to visit, in Toulouse. Stayed one night and met another set of nice and kind people.
After the lunch below, we visited an old school friend of G in Toulouse and took off further north.

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We had plans to reach J, G’s older brother. Though as we were cruising in the camping car we decided to stop one night wherever we found a nice stop. And it turned out to be the most beautiful spot along the trip! How happy were we?? VERY!

So this is a small lake where we parked and stayed for the night. Opposite we had about 4 houses. Nobody was there, it was calm and simply strikingly beautiful!

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On this crookie jetty we spent several hours when the night came. We had a clear sky, so we laid down with a blanket and stared at the stars. No cars, no wind, no mosquitoes, no cold just perfect! ❤
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Can you see it? 😉

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This is my favorite photo! The jetty was more flat in the end but it was very crooky as you can see here.

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Next day we took off to meet up big brother and some friends. He has a small truck which is similar to a camping car on the inside. After some turns we finally found them and the: Cascades de Murel. We parked at the parking space, perfectly and stayed the night.

We parked tactically and made our own little yard. It was awesome 🙂Image

 

Cars continued parking behind us and we sort of took the “end point” of the parking area.

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Washing dishes after dinner

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And of course we took the tour to watch the cascades. Here is the starting point, the start is flat. 100 meters later it is time to climb!Image

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When we returned we continued having a wet evening and then we finally went to sleep.

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The next day we had company. The girl on the pic below passed by the day before and returned this morning…with newly baked croissants!! Sometimes I just love strangers!!

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On our way back we saw this and stopped to have a look at the dam at the top, 119 meters.

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Coming up: my sister came to visit! 😀